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Iraq, WMDs, and Some Perspective

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Mike Rosen has a good column in the Rocky Mountian News today, recalling the key points of the actual congressional resolution authorizing the President to use force in Iraq. I discussed this very topic over Martinis with a liberal friend the other night, so it seems appropriate to highlight:

[H]ow about WMD as the sole justification? Sen. Barbara Boxer trotted out that canard in her shrill interrogation of Rice during the confirmation hearings for secretary of state. “Well,” she huffed, “you should read what we voted on when we voted to support the war, which I did not, but most of my colleagues did. It was WMD period. That was the reason and the causation for that, you know, particular vote.”

“WMD period”? Oh, really? Perhaps Boxer should reread the text of the Joint Congressional Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq, passed by the House and Senate in October 2002. Either she failed to do so then or she’s forgotten. (Could she be “lying”?) Preceding the “resolved” part, there were 23 separate “whereases,” citing the justifications for war. Only nine of them made specific reference to WMD.

He lists a few that don’t for perspective. The irony of the other issue that the Left likes to harp on – it’s all about oil – is that there’s some truth to that. But Iraq was all about oil for the French, the Russians, and the UN – all of whom had their sticky fingers in the oil pot and didn’t want the US messing up their cozy arrangements with Saddam. One wonders what they’ll say when Kofi Annan needs to step down from the UN if (more like when) he’s directly implicated in the Oil for Food Scandal. That is, assuming the Left even knows there is such a thing. Most of them these days seem far more concerned about the sexual orientation of a hack “journalist.”


Written by martinipundit

February 18, 2005 at 10:19 am

Posted in GWOT, Legislafollies

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